Athletics: Mounsey first as Lions sweep board

Stainland Lions hosted the fourth fixture of the West Yorkshire Winter League Cross Country competition around a cold and windy Stainland recreation ground.

The new 4.5 mile course proved a too much of a tough test for Pudsey Pacers, who gave away the top spot to a bullish Stainland team intent on taking all the honours on their own turf and claiming a record points haul.

Stainland powerhouse Ben Mounsey was once again in fantastic form, building a huge lead early on to take the honour of first male. Gav Mulholland and club mate Karl Gray worked together to pull away from the chasing pack with Mulholland eventually edging ahead of Gray to gain his highest finish in the competition in second place and Gray third. Adam Breaks, on his way back from injury, finished a respectable seventh. Tristan Sheard was in fine form finishing 13th just ahead of Mark Pigford in 15th and Jon Collins rounded off the male counters in 22nd to give Stainland a league record of seven counters in the first 22 runners and the men's prize for the day.

Stainland Ladies also proved they were no shrinking violets and dominated the ladies competition. Jess Riley continued her rich vein of form and held off LBT's Donna Edmonson-Brooker to take second place. Angela Jordan made a season best finish in fourth. Amanda Zito and Julie Field finished sixth and seventh respectively to plant the ladies firmly in first place for the day.

The final standings after the event leaves Stainland's combined team at the top of the league by 35 points, with the men in second, Ladies first and Vets third.

Stainland have taken the initiative, but the final fixture in Pudsey on February 20 is sure to provide a tough test for the Lions before the league can be decided once and for all.

There was double success for some of Calder Valley Fell Runner's adventure racing contingent when Rishworth's Helen Lambert and Oxenhope's Barbara Lonsdale won the paired ladies and Hebden Bridge's Alistair Morris won the sole male class at the "Mountain Hardwear" Open 5 event in the North York Moors.

The event is part of a series where adventure racers run and mountain bike to collect as many checkpoints as they can muster in five hours.

The crisp wintry conditions led to great views for those competing, but the icy roads and tracks required competitor's total concentration as the cycling was extremely dangerous.

The event centred around Sutton Bank with the running part heading down the front, with technical orienteering through the forests. The cycling headed east to the Rye Valley.

Lonsdale and Lambert just beat their nearest rivals with a very slim five point victory and Morris had a more comfortable 60 point margin, capitalising on both his racing prowess and his special mountain bike ice tyres.